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Archive for 2003

DOT To Harmonize Salvage Drum Definition

October 7th, 2003 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Salvage Drum

Introduced and adopted at the United Nations, Salvage Drums (defined as Salvage Packagings) are to be used when a shipping container has been damaged, is leaking, or is packaged in a manner which is non-compliant with regulatory specifications. Until 2002, damaged or leaking packagings were the only authorized use for Salvage Packagings, but as a result of several in-field incidents, the definition was amended to include non-compliant packagings. Prior to this amendment, a non-compliant package would have to be repackaged at the location of discovery, and repackaging could be a dangerous solution. With the development of HM-215E, the US DOT overlooked the inclusion of this amendment in the CFR and will be addressing it at the upcoming notice of proposed rulemaking. Until this is addressed. Salvage Packagings within the US are not to be used for non-compliant packagings.

DOT Stepping Up On Illegal Hazmat Shipments

October 7th, 2003 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is cracking down on illegal shipments of hazardous cargo that officials say could lead to accidents, or be used by terrorists. More than 1.5 billion tons of hazardous cargos are shipped nationwide each year by air, rail, sea and land. These include flammable liquids, pressurized gases, explosives, poisons and radioactive material. The government crackdown will target shippers who hide dangerous materials in otherwise safe cargo, obtain fraudulent licenses to carry hazardous materials, or violate a variety of safe transportation practices. Shipping these materials illegally heightens the dangers posed by an accident; particularly since firefighters and other first responders would be unaware of the substances presence.

DOT Awards $12.8 Million In Hazmat Business Grants

October 7th, 2003 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

The U.S. DOT‘s Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) has made funds available under the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grants Program.A total of $12.8 million in grants to states, territories and Native American tribes was set aside for planning and training for improved response to hazardous materials incidents. The six largest grants were awarded to California, $964,316; Texas, $668,460; Illinois, $612,982; Ohio, $510,751; New York, $470,968; and Florida, $453,407.The HMEP grants support the development of emergency response strategies tailored to regional needs, and is funded through registration fees paid by shippers and carriers of certain hazardous materials.More than 1 million emergency responders have received training and support under HMEP since the program began in 1993.For more information about the grants and how to apply, contact Gordon.Delcambre@rspa.dot.gov .

Drawings Must Be Provided When Requesting Dimensional Changes

October 7th, 2003 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Uncategorized

Recently, a customer requested we manufacture a UN Certified container with a "36 inch inside height." The order was received verbally indicating where and how the measurement was to be taken. In order to demonstrate the necessity of specification drawings, we asked the entire Skolnik staff to illustrate where they would measure this dimension. Some asked, "Is the cover on or off? " Some asked, "Do we measure at the perimeter or the center?" The exercise yielded 5 different measurement interpretations. We provided the customer with a confirming dimensional illustration and as expected, it was different from what the customer intended. Therefore, this exercise clearly indicates that specification drawings must be provided when specifying a dimensional change in the container. If a customer is not able to produce such a drawing, the Skolnik engineering staff will be pleased to provide these documents as a part of the ordering process.